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Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies final score: Cavs go cold in 4th quarter, lose 84-78

The Cavaliers blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost, 84-78, to the Grizzlies on Monday.

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Despite leading by seven points entering the fourth quarter, Cleveland's offense went cold in the final 12 minutes and the Cavaliers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, 84-78.

The Cavs were outscored 22-9 in the final quarter and scored just two points over the final 5:55 of the game. Cleveland made just four of their 20 field goal attempts in the quarter and just one of 10 three-point attempts. The late-game struggles came after Cleveland shot the ball well during the first three quarters. The Cavs shot 48.2 percent prior to the fourth quarter, including 3-of-6 on three-point attempts.

Despite struggling in the fourth quarter, Cleveland still had a chance to win the game. Jeremy Pargo put the Cavs up 76-74 with 5:56 to play, but Memphis outscored the Cavs, 10-2, the rest of the way to secure the comeback victory. Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao led Cleveland with 15 points, although neither scored in the fourth quarter. Varejao also pulled down 22 rebounds.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.